The founding of AEW has led to us being in the most intriguing and fun wrestling landscape for about 20 years, quite possibly ever.
When Cody and the Young Bucks started up the project, they’ve always been open to working alongside other promotions. In fact, they announced on Thursday a partnership with Mexican promotion AAA.
Of course, when we look at it, Ring of Honor is one of AEW’s biggest rivals, competing for signings, with Bandido choosing ROH over both AEW and WWE a prime example of the competitive nature of the business right now.
In an interview with CBS Baltimore, the General Manager of ROH, Greg Gilleland, discussed the possibility of an ROH/AEW partnership in the future:
“Everything definitely ended amicably. We’ve talked to them since. Right now, there’s nothing to explore. There are three events, potentially, and there’s the rumored potential of the TV deal. We would have to know what we’re exploring, to answer that. Joe [Koff, ROH Chief Operating Officer] and I are businessmen first. We would never turn down an opportunity, but the opportunity has to make sense for us and for our brand. I think probably the best answer I can give you is that we’ll explore every opportunity, and we’ll do what’s best for our brand and, more importantly, our fans.”
Gilleland also discussed how the landscape of the business has changed through the formation of All Elite:
“It’s definitely a different landscape. It’s definitely more challenging than it has been in the past. But as a business guy, I like the challenge. As a company, we’re in this business for our brand and for our fans. It’s just something we have to do.”